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Comment: Tax Policy Problem (Score 1) 939 939

It's a result of the fact that most local government services are paid for predominately with property taxes.

When costs scale with the number of people and revenue doesn't, it's inevitable that zoning will end up discouraging new residential construction, particularly high density residential contruction.

Comment: Comparing apples to miniature oranges (Score 3, Informative) 409 409

It should be noted that the average US male (5'10" vs. 5'8") and female (5'5" vs. 5'3") in 2015 are both two inches taller than their 1960 counterparts. Based on the cube law, you'd expact the average female weight to have increased almost 10% as a result ((65/63)^3 = 1.098).

Increased height accounts for more than half of the weight gain noted in the study.

Comment: Proofreading Fail (Score 1) 66 66

The garden variety Fury touts single-precision floating point (SPFP) performance of 7.2 FLOPS compared to 5.6 TFLOPS for a bone stock Radeon R9 290X.

If you only need 7 operations per second, a discrete board seem overkill. Most CPUs can handle that easily.

Comment: Re:Kickstarter (Score 1) 227 227

The 9500 Kickstarter backers got their DK1 for their money.

Which is now about as useful as an HD-DVD DK. Great if you want to play around on your own, but useless for actually developing anything because it's an abandoned platform that has no compatible consumer product.

Comment: Re:nature will breed it out (Score 2) 950 950

Most of them aren't "woe-is-me"-ing. They're say "society offered a choice between X and Y, and after weighing the relative benefits, we decided we prefer Y". We're not the ones going "OMG, they didn't choose X! MASCULINITY CRISIS!!"

The problem with the article is people like you are failing to realize the harsh truths run both ways:
1. The world only cares about what it can get from me / I only care about what I can get from the world.
2. What I Produce Does Not Have to Make Money, But It Does Have to Benefit People / People don't have to pay me to cooperate, but I do expect to benefit from doing so.
3. I Hate Yourself Because I Don't Do Anything / I hate you because you don't do anything for me.
4. What I Am Inside Only Matters Because of What It Makes Me Do / Society only matters because of what it does for me.
5. Everything Inside Me Will Fight Improvement / Society will also fight improvement.

Comment: Because clearly... (Score 1) 186 186

The organization suggests researchers, health officials, and journalists should use more neutral, generic terms, such as severe respiratory disease or novel neurologic syndrome instead.

...there will only ever be one severe respiratory disease, so there's no risk of negative medical outcomes from a patient getting incorrect treatments when doctors confuse one for another.

Comment: Re:nature will breed it out (Score 1) 950 950

The relationship between opioids, the brain, and addiction is similar to the one between sugars, the pancreas, and diabetes: you have an organ whose function is to regulate hormone levels in a feedback system. There is a chemical which stresses these feedback system which, while not inherently dangerous, can over time lead to the organ losing it's ability to continue the regulation. How likely this is to occur varies from one person to another.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.